[Toronto, Ontario, March 5, 2021] Vertu Partners Fund I, a private equity fund that focuses on high-potential technology businesses in the Canadian lower mid-market, announced today that veteran tech executive and entrepreneur, Jason Smith, has joined as an operating advisor.
Jason is a highly regarded Canadian tech entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience building market leading disruptive fintec companies across North America. In 2004 Jason founded Real Matters, Inc., a proprietary software platform that automates mortgage lending and insurance services and now serves a majority of the Tier I banks in the US and Canada. Jason has navigated the company from inception to scale and through five rounds of financing, including its Initial Public Offering in May 2017.
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Lisa Melchior, Founder & Managing Partner, said “Jason is one of Canada’s top technology leaders who has successfully executed on his vision to build scaled tech businesses. I am thrilled that he is joining our network of operating advisors and will share his experience to support the growth of Vertu’s portfolio companies. As a board member of Real Matters, I have first-hand knowledge of Jason’s talent as a technology leader. Together, we will continue to position Canadian technology firms for growth and success.”
“As a founder and leader of Canadian technology companies from the concept stage up and through to the public markets, I know how important it is to be aligned with shareholders who partner with management and roll up their sleeves to make a difference. That partnership is a core principle at Vertu, and I look forward to working with Lisa and the team to share my experience with the next generation of tech founders with bold and ambitious goals,” said Jason Smith.
Vertu Partners Fund I is managed by Vertu Capital, formed in 2017, a Toronto-based private equity firm that focuses on growth-oriented enterprise software or software-enabled businesses in the Canadian lower mid-market. Founded by Lisa Melchior, a 20+ year private equity professional with a technology track record that includes more than $1 billion of invested capital, Vertu offers deep global sector-focused experience to high potential Canadian technology businesses seeking transformational growth.